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Archives from August 2014
Obama’s “Catastrophic Defeat” in Ukraine
MIKE WHITNEY
“We are currently witnessing an epic and historic event. The Ukrainian regular army and the punitive battalions are suffering a catastrophic defeat to the south of Donetsk…..It still is not quite clear how the Junta intends to avoid a complete defe...
A Rubber Bullet to the Head
DIEGO FILIU
Palestine, Israel. One of the longest conflicts in history. One of the most mediatized ones as well. And surely one of the most complex to solve. This conflict, I had studied it, even before being admitted to a Middle-East-focused BA degree at the Paris Institute o...
Bad Apples in Ferguson
ISHMAEL REED
Given the fact that the Jim Crow media are dominated by the POVs of middle and upper-class whites, mostly males, it was no surprise that most of the commentary and reporting about Ferguson was managed by people who never experienced racial profiling. People like CNN’s J...
Gadgets Turning Me Into an Idiot!
ANDRE VLTCHEK
I feel challenged, at times dumb. I am constantly behind. And that is where the multi-nationals want me to be. That is how they want me to feel: a total retard, a failure. Computers are evolving; smart phones, cameras and recorders are changing their operati...
What is Going On?
DAVID STANSFIELD
We have now reached the point in our story where we no longer know what is going on. Moore’s law still reigns supreme over the technological playground, but it appears that our toys have outgrown us – or are very, very close to doing so. Each prediction about what thi...
Cancer, Politics and Capitalism
LOUIS PROYECT
After working for a series of unsavory financial institutions for 15 years, I accepted a position as a database administrator at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in 1983 with an eager sense of anticipation. Finally I would be doing something professionally t...
Cairo: City of Walls
NAEL SHAMA
Cities talk, smile, frown, wail and rejoice, but their language can be only heard by those who care to listen. A city’s architecture and art, planning and design, streets and traffic, houses and shacks, signs and billboards, advertisements and banners, all speak about i...
The Aesthetics of a Permanent State of Exception
CHRIS GILBERT
Caracas. More than 200 years ago Immanuel Kant took on the task of theorizing the sublime and the beautiful in his Critique of Judgment. In contrast to the beautiful, which is immediately pleasurable and harmonious, the sublime proceeds from impressions of...
Human Needs, Dirty Deeds
LEE BALLINGER
I spent almost all of first grade in bed with rheumatic fever. By summer, the doctors told my parents that against all odds I had fully recovered and would have no limitations in life. Bert Berns was not so lucky. He had rheumatic fever as a teenager and was told th...
The Political Crisis in France
PHILIPPE MARLIERE
After the sudden dissolution of his government, French president François Hollande is edging ever a bit closer to the political abyss. His prime minister, Manuel Valls, has just formed a new cabinet, which excludes three major socialist “rebels”: Arnaud Montebourg (e...
Laborless Day
BERNARD MARSZALEK
Labor Day needs some serious retooling. With millions out of work and the prospects of good paying (mostly union) jobs disappearing at a steady pace, Labor Day increasingly takes on the aspect of a memorial, not a celebration. Gone are the days I remember in my youth when...
Coca-Cola and Its Egregious History
HEATHER GRAY
Note: Years ago, Alex Cockburn tried to encourage me to write a book about The Coca-Cola Company.  I haven’t done this yet. But he would be pleased, however, about me mentioning the recent victory reported by the India Resource Center regarding “...
Washington Piles Lie Upon Lie
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The latest Washington lie, this one coming from NATO, is that Russia has invaded Ukraine with 1,000 troops and self-propelled artillery. How do we know that this is a lie? Is it because we have heard nothing but lies about Russia from NATO, from US ambassador to th...
No American Arms for Lebanon until Civil Rights for Palestinians
FRANKLIN LAMB
Lebanese politicians late this summer are consumed with what they habitually do best. And that is to wring their hands and exclaim ‘the sky is falling’ while blaming other countries from the US and Wahhabist Saudi Arabia to Shia Iran, Zionist Israel, oil rich Qatar, l...
Sanctioning the New Cold War
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The Financial Times commented on August 10 that in reaction to the chaos in Ukraine, “Western policy has become a mere knee-jerk escalation of sanctions”, and for once the FT has got it right about foreign affairs. The US and its disciples in Europe and Austra...
Nine Years After Katrina: It’s All About the Takeover
JORDAN FLAHERTY
Deon Haywood is the Executive Director of Woman With a Vision, a New Orleans social justice non-profit founded in 1991 by a grassroots collective of African-American women in response to the spread of HIV/AIDS in communities of color. ...
Inside Ebola
DADY CHERY
Ask anyone what is Ebola, and the only reasonable answer you might get to this question is that it is a virus. The rest is fantasy, and these flights of fancy are not limited to the general public. At least one scientific editor has described the disease caused by the vir...
Back to the Cold War
SERGE HALIMI
Paris. In 1980 Ronald Reagan expressed his idea of relations between the United States and the Soviet Union in one short sentence: “We win, they lose.” Twelve years later, his immediate successor at the White House, George H W Bush, was satisfied that ...
Imagine: Cuba
MATEO PIMENTEL
Imagine living in the world’s most literate nation—a nation where health care is free and universal, and of the highest quality by world standards. Imagine that, in this nation, education (also free and universal) is not only considered a human right, but it is...
Palestine and Israel: The Current Cease-Fire
ROBERT FANTINA
As the U.S. –provided bombs have temporarily stopped killing Palestinian children, the world breathes a sigh of relief, and turns to such important issues as the wedding of Angeline Jolie and Brad Pitt. Yet for the people of Palestine, both in the Gaza Strip and the Wes...
How the US Enables Israel
RON FORTHOFER
Many Americans may think this foreign policy issue doesn’t concern them. If they think about this issue at all, many say that it’s not our business and we should just let them fight it out. However the US has been deeply involved in this conflict since before ...
The Cruel Myths About Teachers
WALTER BRASCH
It’s Labor Day weekend, the schools have been in session about a week, and the disgruntled voices of a minority drone on. Their screeching refrain, often in letters to the editor and talk show call-ins, is familiar: –Teachers only work half a ye...
Why We Should Not Go To War Over James Foley
JOHN GRANT
Back in June 2011, James Foley gave an hour-long interview before an auditorium of students from the Medill School...
America’s Return to Iraq
MEL GURTOV
In an interview with Thomas Friedman of the New York Times on August 8, ...
A Rite of Passage
RAOUF J. HALABY
The theme of the quest in which a young protagonist ventures out into the world to pursue his dream through myriad adventures dates back to ancient Mesopotamia. Sometime in the 27th century BC The Epic of Gilgamesh appeared in an oral tradition and was eventually inscribe...
The Struggles in Palestine and Ferguson Are One
BEN NORTON
As Israel’s most recent massacre in Gaza continues, and as police in the U.S. continue to violently repress protesters who are exercising their fundamental human right to challenge injustice and demand an end to racist police killings, activists in each conflict have ti...
The Rational Unreason of Imperial War
RON JACOBS
It certainly is a fine mess the warmaking establishment has gotten the US into. From the Middle East and South Asia to Europe, war and threats of war are once again the stuff of the daily news. Inflamed by warmongers in the media who would put William Randolph Hearst to s...
The Face of Public “Consultations” in “Free Trade” Agreements
PETE DOLACK
Taking a page from their United States counterparts, European Union trade negotiators apparently interpret the word “consultation” as a synonym for “ignore.” Fresh evidence for this attitude toward the public was provided thanks to a leak of the final text of the ...
What to Do About ISIS
DAVID SWANSON
Start by recognizing where ISIS came from. The U.S. and its junior partners destroyed Iraq, left a sectarian division, poverty, desperation, and an illegitimate government in Baghdad that did not represent Sunnis or other groups. Then the U.S. armed and trained ISIS and a...
Portal Out of Mayhem
DEB REICH
We keep doing humanity’s work badly because we are clinging to an obsolete paradigm. Once upon a time, as a few inventive minds labored, most folks said humans cannot fly and are not meant to fly. Then came the airplane. Once upon a time, most folks said the Eart...
When a March Against “Anti-Semitism” Feels Like a March for White Power
YVES ENGLER
Why does a demonstration of hundreds of people against “anti-Semitism” in Toronto seem more like a march for white supremacy than a rally against racism? On August 20, reported the Canadian Jewish News, several thousand took to Bathurst Street under the ...
10 Things America’s Unions Need To Do This Labor Day
DAVID MACARAY
By now, anyone who’s paid attention to what has generously been called the “American labor movement” is aware that organized labor is in critical need of resuscitation and revitalization, if not downright reinvention. Despite its storied history—and it bein...
The Entire World Is Under Siege
JEROME IRWIN
With each new atrocity committed by Israel against the Palestinians & Occupied Territories of Palestine, propagandists and dictators everywhere grow bolder, ever more confidant in their own ability to show brazen, arrogant contempt for the basic welfare of the common ...
Organizing “The Organized”
STEVE EARLY
For many years, American unions have been trying to “organize of the unorganized” to offset, and, where possible, reverse their steady loss of dues-paying membership. In union circles, a distinction was often made between that “external organizing”–to recrui...
Justifying the Kill
WINSLOW MYERS
Is it too much of a stretch to link the alleged police execution of Michael Brown in Missouri with the terrorist execution of journalist James Foley somewhere in Iraq? Setting aside obvious differences, do these tragedies have anything in common? We humans are a po...
An Antidote to the Pathology of the Corporate State
NOZOMI HAYASE
With ever increasing economic inequality, Israel Gaza massacres, the U.S. bombing of Iraq in the ISIS crisis and police brutality and racism in Ferguson, the world continues to descend into an abyss of darkness. Coincidentally in recent years, character disturbance seems ...
Grandparenting
MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE
I’m weepy. My weeks with Mr. Poop-adore end Saturday, and I won’t see him again for two months. Right now, he’s on his play mat. I look at him and smile. His grin reveals he knows precisely what he’s done to my heart. Early mornings before I get my hands on...
Charles M. ‘Chuck’ Young (1951-2014)
DAVE LINDORFF
CounterPunch has lost a perceptive and witty analyst of the American political and cultural scene, while Rock& Roll has lost one of its leading critics. Charles M. Young (Chuck to his friends), has died, following a year and a half battle against an aggressive brain t...
A Mexico City Chronicle
CHARLES R. LARSON
By coincidence, the day I finished reading Francisco Goldman’s The Interior Circuit...
Handel’s Disaster Music
DAVID YEARSLEY
Last week’s 6.0 earthquake epicentered in California’s Napa Valley was taken by a few evangelical types as a warning sign from God against the endemic decadence of wine country, not only a condemnation of the excess consumption of overpriced fermented grape juice, but...
The Muses and Death
SHLOMO SAND
When the muses thunder, the guns stay silent. The adage, habitually inverted, is inaccurate. The propaganda sirens are never as loud as when the cannons, the planes and helicopters buzz and spit their fire. The television chains, in Israel and elsewhere, with their...
Fearing Political Islam
RAMZY BAROUD
Ask any Arab ruler, and they will tell you of the great sacrifices their countries have made for Palestine and the Palestinians. However, both history and present reality are testaments, not only to Arab failure to live up to the role expected of them and stand in solidar...
Obama’s No-Win War on ISIS
SHAMUS COOKE
The newest crisis in the Middle East has sucked the U.S. into yet another insoluble military problem. Obama is again considering a bombing campaign in Syria after infamously not bombing the country last year. This time, however, he’s not targeting his enemy Bashar al-...
The Roots of Police Militarization
KEVIN CARSON
The police rampage in Ferguson, Missouri has increased public awareness of police militarization and drawn well-deserved attention to writers like Radley Balko who’ve documented the proliferation of military equipment and culture in local police forces over the past dec...
How the Palestinians Won
ROBERT FISK
Twas not a famous victory – but that’s what the Palestinians of Gaza are celebrating. There was much shaking of heads in the international media when the fireworks burst over that shattered land on Tuesday night. After more than 2,100 dead – about 1,700 of them civi...
Notes on Ferguson
ALEXANDER REID ROSS
Force of Gentrification Unfortunately, when talking about Ferguson, few people are really talking about gentrification. And if we can’t say gentrification and Ferguson in the same breath, we can’t look at the bigger problems. The murder of an ...
America’s Corrupt Institutions
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Every public institution in the United States and most private ones are corrupt. To tell this story would be a multi-book task.  Lawrence Stratton and I have written one small volume of the story.  Our book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions, now with two edi...
Obama’s Quiet Consigliere
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
Gayle who? Obama’s quiet consigliere Gayle Smith is rarely in the public eye and seems to prefer it that way. At least most of the time, so when she mounted the podium to deliver a eulogy at the funeral for Ethiopia’s late, genocidal strongman Meles Zenawi in...